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At Volo Museum Auto Sales, we love classic cars. We love them so much that we built a museum for them. Unlike other dealerships, we care about the history of the cars we purchase and ensure that we only sell vehicles that have undergone rigorous inspections.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – This 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Custom was purchased from Volo Auto Sales (VAS) located at 27582 Volo Village Road in Volo, Illinois 60073. The date of sale was Monday, June 28, 2021, the salesperson was Erik Haugaard.
The vehicle was advertised as…
It is ready to be enjoyed – show and go! in the written sales description and video.
The written description, pictures, and video provided by Volo Auto Sales depicted a beautiful car with a post sale appraisal performed by Jay Grams (VAS) who appraised the vehicle at $80,000 and rated it 98 out of 100.
This is an incredible car. Finished 15 years ago and driven 3,500 miles. It still shows and functions incredibly well. I personally drove it home and was impressed. It is ready to be enjoyed – show and go!
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I, Jay Grams, take pride in personally writing the descriptions for virtually every car for about the last 30 years now. A significant amount of effort goes into fact checking. What I am offering is my professional impression of the vehicle.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – This vehicle was grossly misrepresented in the VAS June 2021 written description, video, images, and post sale appraisal by Jay Grams of Volo Auto Sales.
This vehicle was received in California on Thursday, July 22, 2021, with a host of mechanical issues that are currently being documented and addressed.
The below comments from Erik Haugaard were received after I sent my first email to Volo Auto Sales on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 showing the condition of the items we’ve discovered to date. This was after the first inspection performed at Crevier Classic Cars in Costa Mesa, California.
I’m sorry you are not happy with your purchase of the Crown Victoria. I disagree with your assessment of the vehicle. You purchased a customized classic car which comes with the understanding and I’m sure you agree while doing your research prior to buying the Crown Victoria it isn’t the same as looking after a brand new car. Older cars need quite a bit of care that isn’t required with new vehicles.
Wed, Jul 28, 2021 – Erik Haugaard from Volo Auto Sales
A second more extensive inspection/repair was/is being performed by Cambra Speed Shop in Orange, California which is where C8DENCE resides as of Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
The seventh email that I sent on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 was replied to by Jay Grams after I sent more information regarding the condition of the items we’ve discovered to date.
You obviously have a much different opinion of the condition of the Ford than we do. Return the car and we will give you a refund for the purchase price. Otherwise do what you need to do.
Wed, Sep 1, 2021 – Jay Grams from Volo Auto Sales
At this time, the engine and most of the drivetrain were disassembled. Parts had been ordered, some were in house. Schedules had been planned. Monies had been transferred. The offer to return the car at this point was not a viable option.
Additional email communications were sent in September 2021, February 2022, and March 2022. Those emails were ignored until the last email in March 2022 when Jay Grams responded to my email where I indicated that the Illinois Attorney General had accepted my complaint and assigned it File Number 2022-CONSC-00146031.
As of Tuesday, August 9, 2022, it has been 407 days since I purchased C8DENCE. She has been out of service for 383 days and in the shop for 365 days with an estimated completion date of Thursday, September 1, 2022.
I purchased this vehicle based on the company’s reputation (60+ years), the media presented e.g., video, images, written description, and multiple communications with Erik Haugaard (VAS Salesperson) via phone and email. I signed an AS-IS Statement based on the above.
Unfortunately the advertising media used in the June 2021 sale was from the previous sale in October 2020 and the mileage of 3,549.8 was misrepresented as being actual.
This vehicle was sold to a local collector (DWS) who buys and trades regularly with Volo Auto Sales. This vehicle had been out for 6 months and then returned. It was then listed for sale again using the same media from the October 2020 sale. The video, images, and written description depicted one vehicle condition, what I received was NOT the vehicle condition that was advertised by Volo Auto Sales.
This vehicle was severely abused during the time period November 2020 through May 2021. The odometer was not functioning during this period. The car was listed for sale in June 2021 with the exact same mileage of 3,549.8 that was advertised in the November 2020 listing.
You can view the images displayed in the advertisement by Volo Auto Sales (Advertised) and then view the images of what was received (Before) in the below galleries.
Updates: Monday, August 1, 2022 – Legal Counsel Secured, Litigation in Progress
It appears that others have had similar experiences with Volo Auto Sales. Don’t be misled by the 4 and 5 star reviews, the majority of them are for the Volo Auto Museum portion of the business.
These are the individuals I dealt with (in this order) during the sale of this 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Custom.
It’s a beautiful car and it drives. I drove this car the other day, took it home, drove it around it is, it’s spot on, excellent car.
You look up at the motor it’s clean, it has a high torque starter, it’s all Ford driveline.
Completely custom new Ford nine inch rear end with… the specs are on our website.
This car was restored in 2005 so it’s got about 15 years and it has about 3,500 miles on it so it’s still an outstanding beautiful show car but now it’s time to get in and drive it and enjoy it.
So this is the real deal folks. This is a high quality, very tastefully done, very dialed in, ready for show and go.
It has a smooth fabricated firewall; the bay is painted as nice as the car.
The roller cam and the Doug’s headers send some beautiful notes to the exhaust.
It has 3x4 boxed frame with tubular front control arms and Morrison 2-inch drop spindle kit.
Exterior Color: Mandarin Orange
In back is a Hoopers Ford 9-inch rear with 3.50 gears, Moser 36 spline axles.
Wilwood 11-inch disc brakes at all 4 wheels, custom e-brake assembly, stainless lines and polished calipers.
It has Super Cobra Jet aluminum heads.
* Note the Odometer Reading of 3,549.8. This is the exact same mileage (and image) used for the 2020 sale. Date Taken: 2020-10-15 at 07:03
The images on Volo show that there are 3,549 miles, is that accurate or were there additional miles since this photo was taken? I wasn’t exactly sure how recent everything was regarding images and video. I recall you mentioning that it was initially listed about 7-8 months ago and purchased by a local collector who had it for a few months?
Mon, Jun 21, 2021 – Buyer
The miles shown are accurate.
Mon, Jun 21, 2021 – Erik Haugaard, VAS